Seminars on Electricity Interconnection in Africa

 

When: 2005, 2008, 2011

Where: Egypt, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • To strengthen the capacity of relevant policy, institutional, regulatory and technical frameworks to support regional electricity cooperation and integration in Africa, with the overall goal to increase access to electricity and security of supply

When: 2005, 2008, 2011

Where: Egypt, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo

What: Developing Technical Skills

Our seminars on electricity interconnection were designed to strengthen the capacity of relevant policy, institutional, regulatory and technical frameworks for regional electricity cooperation and integration to increase access to electricity and security of supply in Africa. This initiative began as a joint activity between GSEP and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). It later evolved to be supported by the European Union.

The seminars provided a comprehensive overview of the most important issues and features with regard to interconnecting power systems, as well as sharing of best practices and ways of minimizing risks. The focus was on the necessary harmonization of power system organization, planning and operation on a regional basis, with a view to reaping the full benefits of optimal resource development within the region.

The first seminar, largely aimed at policy and decision makers took place in Cairo, Egypt from June 19-21, 2005, with the objective of increasing political awareness of the benefits of regional interconnection, covering all aspects of a regional interconnection, with the emphasis put on practical cases and with the exchange of information between attendees and experts. Over 20 people attended the seminar, mostly from Sub-Saharan countries.

Following this success, a second seminar was organized on interconnections and electricity access for sustainable development, bringing together policy-makers with practitioners in Africa. This workshop took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from September 4-5, 2008. A total of 34 participants from the region discussed the options for strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for regional electricity grid interconnection, took stock of existing developments and plans, and discussed the steps needed to be taken in priority to exploit available hydropower potential in Africa.

A final third seminar was given in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo in partnership with the European Union targeting Central African Power Pool member countries. Two consecutive five-day sessions were organized.  The first session from November 21 to 25, 2011 focused on regional electricity market mechanisms. Participants were initiated on the principles and mechanisms of a Regional Power Market and how to define the conditions under which a Regional Power Market can be structured and organized in Central Africa. The second session focused on the operation of interconnected power systems, where participants discussed the operating rules and criteria, as well as the management needed for a sustainable regional interconnected power system. A total of 40 participants from the Central African Power Pool member countries attended both sessions.

Participating members and partners

  • Hydro-Québec
  • EDF
  • Enel
  • United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • European Union (Energy Unit)
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